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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Bill Bennet Wants Black People to Die

Here is some of what Bill Bennett said:

if "you wanted to reduce crime ... abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."
Obviously Bill Bennett is a racist who wants to see us kill all black people. There is no other possible explanation for why he would express a desire to see black people die. This is why Mr. Bennett is such a strong supporter of the president. Any man who can send a hurricane to kill blacks is a friend of Bennett's. I am appalled at the insensitivity that Bennett has shown during this time of racial tension. Never before have blacks been so discriminated against as they are now and this guy is saying that we should kill black babies, er uh fetuses (feti?, no it's fetuses).

Well, that was fun. I can see why everybody in the media is doing this. It's so cool to take a guy's words out of context, make them mean the complete opposite of what they were intended to mean by leaving off the beginning, the end and, with the help of three magical dots (...), even the middle.

Here is a direct quote from Al Gore's recent speech Democracy Itself is in Grave Danger:

"I am convinced that ... we must ... support ... Osama bin Laden ... and ... 9/11 ... was ... patriotic"

So, it is obvious from this quote that Al Gore is supporting OBL - I am apalled.

Hey, it's like journalistic Mad Libs, here's another one from Al Gore:

"I ... like ... men"

The simple fact is that anyone criticizing Bill Bennett's words are obviously trying to misquote and malign the man. Bill Bennett was explaining to one of his callers that you can't use the consequences of abortion to argue that it is evil. Here is the full transcript:

CALLER: I noticed the national media, you know, they talk a lot about the loss of revenue, or the inability of the government to fund Social Security, and I was curious, and I've read articles in recent months here, that the abortions that have happened since Roe v. Wade, the lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30-something years, could fund Social Security as we know it today. And the media just doesn't -- never touches this at
BENNETT: Assuming they're all productive citizens?
CALLER: Assuming that they are. Even if only a portion of them were, it would be an enormous amount of revenue.
BENNETT: Maybe, maybe, but we don't know what the costs would be, too. I think as -- abortion disproportionately occur among single women? No.
CALLER: I don't know the exact statistics, but quite a bit are, yeah.
BENNETT: All right, well, I mean, I just don't know. I would not argue for the pro-life position based on this, because you don't know. I mean, it cuts both -- you know, one of the arguments in this book Freakonomics that they make is that the declining crime rate, you know, they deal with this hypothesis, that one of the reasons crime is down is that abortion is up. Well --
CALLER: Well, I don't think that statistic is accurate.
BENNETT: Well, I don't think it is either, I don't think it is either, because first of all, there is just too much that you don't know. But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.

Please notice Bill's words that this would be "ridiculous, and morally reprehensible". If Bill Bennett had his way there would be no black babies aborted.

The following is the best I have read on this subject:
The Bennett libel divides decent Left from indecent Left


  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger Chris Jarrell said…

    Great first I was upset then I read on...very funny stuff.


  • At 12:39 PM, Blogger Kronk said…

    Sure, his comment was taken out of context.

    But it was still a foolish thing to say.

    Would you feel comfortable making the same statement as Bill Bennett in person to an African-American?

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Jason Green said…

    I have to disagree with you that it was a foolish thing to say. In the complete context of what he said I would feel completely comfortable saying this to an African American. If you look at the conversation in total what he said is not altogether very controversial.

    Bennett was saying something that was obviously absurd to point out to his caller that what she had said was, really, absurd as well.


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